“A witty romp of a book that weaves together the varying forms of heartbreak three women have experienced to create a tapestry of joy.
While this could’ve veered into the bleak territory of lost love, grief, betrayal, and (deserved) punishment, Sorell takes those themes and explores them so deeply as to come out the other side. There’s something refreshing about laughing with a character while her life is falling apart—and not in the she’s-having-a-breakdown way—because someone she loves says/does something actually funny.
With a tidy plot and relatively low stakes, the characters and their growth truly shine.”
A witty and wildly enjoyable novel about two adult daughters and their meddling advice columnist mother, for readers of Meg Wolitzer, Cathleen Schine, and Cythia D’Aprix Sweeney.
“Gorgeous, witty and so alive that you’ll swear the pages are breathing, Gina Sorell’s The Wise Women sets two extraordinary grown sisters and their controlling mother on a collision course when the bottom falls out for them personally and professionally. About the price of real estate, the power of aging, class, parenting, family and, of course, love, The Wise Women is at heart about finding your personal True North. I’d follow these three women anywhere.”—Caroline Leavitt
Popular advice columnist Wendy Wise has been skillfully advising the women who write to her seeking help for four decades, so why are her own daughters’ lives such a mess? Clementine, the working mother of a six-year-old boy, has just discovered that she is actually renting the Queens home that she thought she owned, because her husband Steve secretly funneled their money into his flailing start-up. Meanwhile, her sister Barb has overextended herself at her architecture firm and reunited semi-unhappily with her cheating girlfriend.
When Steve goes MIA and Clementine receives an eviction notice, Wendy swoops in to save the day, even though her daughters, who are holding onto some resentments from childhood, haven’t asked for her help. But as soon as Wendy sets her sights on hunting down her rogue son-in-law, Barb and Clementine quickly discover that their mother has been hiding more than a few problems of her own.
As the three women confront the disappointments and heartaches that have accumulated between them over the years, they discover that while the future may look entirely different from the one that they’ve expected, it may be even brighter than they’d hoped.